Category Archives: Water analysis – biological contamination

Focus on Queensland news.
Safe drinking water, medical uses (e.g. dialysis), recreational water and recycled water.
Identification of bacterial, parasitic and viral pathogens in Queensland water supplies.
Cryptosporidium | Giardia | Clostridium | Legionnella.
Water quality in relation to Spa pools | Swimming pools | Coliform bacteria | Faecal coliforms.
Waterborne disease outbreaks | Epidemiology.
Journal articles have a broader geographic scope.

Revolutionary handheld DNA diagnostic unit allows lab-quality analysis in the field

(University of Otago 25 August 2014) A revolutionary handheld and battery-powered DNA diagnostic device invented at New Zealand’s University of Otago is poised to become a commonly used field tool for rapidly detecting suspected viruses or bacteria in samples while also determining the level of infection. It  also has many other potential uses, such as border security, forensics or environmental monitoring.

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Water expert panel for Queensland

Queensland Department of Energy and Water Supply 21 August 2014

A panel of water experts has been appointed by the Queensland Government to help develop solutions to improve service delivery as part of WaterQ: a 30-year strategy for Queensland’s water sector. The Water Expert Panel has an advisory role and will provide recommendations to the Strategic Advisory Committee that oversees the implementation of WaterQ. The panel — chaired by Mark Pascoe, Chief Executive of the International Water Centre — will be responsible for identifying water sector innovation, research and development priorities and to prepare a work program, including the preparation of a 100-day plan.

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Royal Society of Chemistry’s flagship journal goes Gold open access

(Royal Society of Chemistry 15 July 2014) The Royal Society of Chemistry’s flagship journal, Chemical Science, is going Gold open access from 2015 — making it the world’s first high-quality open access chemistry journal.

The Royal Society of Chemistry’s flagship journal, Chemical Science, is going Gold open access from 2015 – making it the world’s first high-quality open access chemistry journal.  From January 2015 onwards, all new content in Chemical Science will be free for anyone to access.

To ease the transition to open access, the Royal Society of Chemistry is waiving all Article Processing Charges (APCs) for two years.

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OZWATER’15 – Call for Papers

The Australian Water Association is calling for abstract submissions worldwide to present at its premier international water conference & exhibition, Ozwater’15 in Adelaide next year.

The overarching theme for Ozwater’15 is ‘Water for Growth and Prosperity’. Themes include water recycling, management of water in food and beverage processing, management of water in mining, fuel, gas and power generation, health and safety, climate change and water security.

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Legionella detected at Wellington jail

ABC News 7 July 2014

The bacteria which can develop into the potentially fatal legionnaires disease has been detected at the Wellington Correctional Centre.

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Register for the new CKN (Clinicians’ Knowledge Network)

Queensland Health’s new CKN is now available.  The CKN provides access to a range of Point of Care resources as well as Medicines resources such as MIMS Online and Micromedex.

The new CKN has been designed for more modern web browsers, giving you better access to journals and other resources.  It is best viewed in Mozilla Firefox which is provided on all Qld Health computers.  Please don’t use Internet Explorer 6 (IE6).

If you have old CKN links saved in your web browser bookmarks or favourites you will need to update them. Your old saved links will no longer work.

To access the new CKN from home or off-site, you will need to re-register.

Click here to re-register for CKN access

Home-birthing pools recalled after baby falls ill with legionnaires’ disease

The Guardian UK Alexandra Topping 2 July 2014

Hired home-birthing pools across the country have been recalled and hire companies put under scrutiny after a baby born using one of the heated pools developed legionnaires’ disease.

The NHS and Public Health England (PHE) have banned certain types of home-birthing pools until further notice, after the child – who remains in hospital with severe pneumonia – became unwell.

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